17 Jul

Events of Interest and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective

Israel dumps waste on Palestinians

Israeli settlements have been dumping untreated waste directly into a sewage canal that runs through the occupied West Bank, affecting Palestinian villages along its banks.

The hazard posed is compounded by the dumping of toxic chemical waste on agricultural land, with villagers reporting a rash of skin diseases and respiratory problems.

The Israeli government has banned plans by the Palestinian Authority to build pipes and pumps to treat and divert wastewater away from the affected villages.

Al Jazeera’s Nisreen El-Shamayleh reports.


Israel’s ‘illegal’ children

 By Mya Guarnieri  
Children of undocumented migrant workers who were born and have lived their whole lives in Israel are now facing deportation [EPA] 

For most children summer is a carefree time. But for the children of Israel’s undocumented migrant workers, deportation looms on the horizon.

It has been a hotly contested issue since last July, when the Oz Unit, a strong arm of the interior ministry’s population and immigration authority, first hit the streets.

As the state took aim at Israel’s 250,000 illegal labourers, 1,200 children were marked for expulsion along with their parents.

The move, a sudden reversal of Israel’s long-standing policy against deporting minors, sparked public outrage. Protests and media scrutiny delayed the deportations but only temporarily.


A slap on the wrist for Goldman Sachs

By Abid Ali


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The court heard there were 102 cases of alleged abuse by British troops in Iraq

High Court to investigate Iraq torture allegations

Iraqis win first round in legal battle to force the Government to open a public inquiry. By Robert Verkaik………………………………..


The poster girl of the gulf clean-up

 When Olivia Bouler saw birds coated in oil she began selling her art to save them. $180,000 later, David Usborne meets her Saturday, 17 July 2010

Olivia Bouler, an 11-year-old from Long Island, is the one good news story to emerge from the Gulf spill
Olivia Bouler, an 11-year-old from Long Island, is the one good news story to emerge from the Gulf spill 

Photos More picturesOnly two things are holding back Olivia Bouler, an 11-year-old from Long Island with a passion for birds and a talent for drawing them. 

 While she can finish a picture, she says, in “seven to five minutes”, her wrist gets tired after a while and she has to rest. And then there are all the pesky media intrusions. 

This week has been the maddest, with a two-day trip to Washington DC with her family where she cast a vote for her local congressman on the floor of the House of Representatives and had face-time with the Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, to discuss oil and how America can stop drinking it…………………………………

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